[Norwich, CT? 1829]. Folio, 9-1/4" x 15-1/4". Printed broadsheet, completed in ink manuscript. Signed and sealed with paper and wax seals by Joseph and Mary Perkins; witnessed by Thomas Jackson Jnr. and Mary W. Perkins, as witnesses. Signed on verso by Erastus Coit as Justice of the Peace and by Harvey R. Garland as Recorder [received on June 4, 1832, and recorded July 15, 1832]. Light age toning, old folds, a few very light ink stains on verso. Minimal edgewear with a few pinholes at fold corners. Very Good.
In 1800, the State of Connecticut granted to her citizens who were sufferers by fire, caused by the British during the Revolutionary War, a half million acres of land, lying within the State of Ohio, which was to be taken off the west part of the "Western Connecticut Reserve," now embraced in the counties of Huron and Erie. By an 1803 Act of Ohio, the sufferers were incorporated as "The proprietors of the half million acres of land, lying south of Lake Erie, called 'Sufferers' Land'." The Act required management of the Company by a Board of Directors. The Board was to locate and survey the granted land, and to partition it among the different claimants. This part of the Western Reserve was inhabited by Indians, who engaged in warfare with the settlers. On July 4, 1805, a treaty between the United States and the Wyandot, Ottawa, Chippewa, Munsee and Delaware, Shawanee and Pattawatamy nations was signed whereby those Indian nations, in consideration of $18,916.68, released their claims to all the lands owned by the company.
The parties of this deed are likely related to Gen. Simon Perkins, also from New London County, Connecticut. He was a surveyor of the Connecticut Western Reserve, the first postmaster of the Reserve, a founder of the Western Reserve Bank of Warren, a Brigadier General in the War of 1812 defending northwestern Ohio, and one of the largest land owners in the state of Ohio. The extended Perkins family lived and owned property in Connecticut and the Reserve.
Erastus Coit was a well known merchant, a Norwich justice of the peace, and served as Connecticut's State Representative of Norwich in 1818 and 1820. Item #35388